Granola to Start the Day
Updated: Jul 21
Over the last few months, yogurt has been my go-to for a quick and healthy breakfast. I'm always set with a bag of granola at the office and a yogurt from the fridge.
Now that I'm on a bit of a vacation, I guess you can say that my routine has been a bit off. I'm not certain of my new start date, but at this point, I'm thinking that it will be after I return from Canada.
Yesterday, I had the Food Network on and was watching an episode of Farmhouse Rules - not my favorite show. Typically, her dishes are heavy and she's got too strong a personality to draw me in. Anyways, she was making granola for a parfait and I started thinking about all the random nuts and dried fruit I had. I literally just needed some rolled oats and I could call it a day.
I threw all the natural, shelled pistachios, sliced almonds, dried cherries, golden raisins, and coconut shavings into a bowl with 2 cups of oats. It's all about preference here. If you're comfortable with it, don't measure. Then I mixed in a quarter cup of oil, a heavy pinch of salt, and half a cup of honey.
I spread it onto a silpat and threw it in the oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. The rule of thumb is to look for the golden color. Pull it out and let it cool completely before you throw it into a container. Otherwise, it will get soggy.
I just had a bowl of granola for breakfast and it was delicious. Next time, I'll toss the dried fruit into the oat mixture at the end so I don't end up with overly-dried/crunchy/sticky fruit pieces. Oh well.. You live and you learn.